Burger: Lionel Sternberger – Buffalo Bar – Brisbane

The much anticipated lunch time journey to Buffalo Bar in Brisbane was finally here.  Could this bar serve the best burger in Brisbane?  We were about to find out.

Seeing as I had cleverly (or stupidly, depending upong your perspective) booked a meeting for the hour leading up to the midday lunch rush, I even went out of my way to have cash available for a workmate to purchase my supposed morsel of delectable delight for me – I know, in this day of paywave and zippay/afterpay, I have fully embraced a cashless society and never have and of the old folding green available.

12 O’clock arrives

Luckily enough, I was able to knock over my meeting a little bit early, allowing me to fully embrace the Buffalo Bill, Lionel Sternburger in it’s entirety.

Side note: “Lionel Sternberger” Cheeseburger is so named because it is reputed to have been introduced as the cheeseburger in 1926 when, at the age of 16 while was working as a fry cook at his father’s sandwich shop, “The Rite Spot”, young Lionel made the brilliant decision to “experimentally dropped a slab of American cheese on a sizzling hamburger.”

$15 Burgers

Between the hours of 11.30am and 3.00pm, you are able to purchase any of the burgers from Buffalo Bar at the sultry price of $15.  Admittedly, at the time, I thought it was just the burger so I hoped that it was a bloody good burger.

My burger arrived on a wooden board, with a little fry basket full of french fries and a smear of what suppose was some type of aoili on the wooden board.

Firstly – eeeeeeewwwwwww.  Not too sure what anyone else thinks, but I’ve always been an advocate for not serving food on a plank of wood due to wood’s inability to be completely cleaned to a hygenic level without sanding it down a few layers, dipping it into a chernobyl-esque cleaning trough and then submitting it to enough rays to create another incredible hulk.

Secondly – and this could almost be an addendum to ‘Firstly’.  eeeeeeewwwwwww – who just pours the sauce/aioli on to the aforementioned wooden plank?

Thirdly – tastewise, it was actually quite delicious.  The Lionel Sternberger Cheese Burger has a 6oz Wagyu beef pattie, bacon rashers, US Cheddar, pickles, house ketchup, mustard and Jalapeno Mayonnaise and the flavours combined quite nicely.

Fourthly – the bun.  I’m not a huge fan of a crusty bun.  I like my burger buns like the buns of my wife – soft where they should be and firm where they should be, and definitely not crusty.  Fancy brioche is an optional extra (I’m always a glutton for those fancy little buns), but the Lionel Sternberger was definitely a little too crusty for my liking.  I won’t hold this against them though, it seemed more like they had been sitting under the lights a little longer than they should have (midday lunch rush was quite crazy).

Finally – Pattie – great flavours, although a little dry – saved, quite graciously by the bacon the was cheekily peeking out from beneath the bready cap.

Will I go back….yes.

Will I order the Lionel Sternberger again….probably not.

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